New leader for Kittiwake's US office
Kittiwake Developments has appointed Peter Pilon as CEO of the company’s US operations. The company says that its new US CEO and relocation to Houston demonstrates renewed focus on its ‘core’ markets.
Pilon’s pedigree stems from 30 years with Hamworthy, giving him in-depth knowledge and experience of not only the US market, but also the marine and oil & gas sectors. Latterly CEO of Hamworthy’s US division specialising in offshore activities, he was responsible for successfully introducing riser tensioning systems and FPSO cargo systems to the marketplace, growing the company to a turnover of $27m over 15 years.
Kittiwake aims to achieve far deeper penetration into the marine market and is currently working on an innovative new approach to the provision of its products, concentrating on the US as one of the initial areas of focus. The company will also develop and cement its presence in the oil and gas sector with the introduction of a new range of application specific sensor solutions.
Martin Lucas, managing director, Kittiwake Developments commented: “Peter’s appointment and the recalibration of the American offering demonstrates Kittiwake’s ongoing commitment to the US, marine and offshore markets. We have relocated our office from Atlanta to Houston and consolidated focus to core markets, ensuring that we continue to provide customers with market-leading asset protection solutions that directly impact the bottom line.”
In addition to Kittiwake’s growth trajectory since inception, Pilon said he has been impressed by the scale of the company’s R&D budget, which he says significantly outperforms any other company that he is familiar with. He also commends the team’s ‘can do’ attitude and immediate, entrepreneurial response to market opportunities that are so often missed by larger companies constrained by red tape.
Pilon concluded: “Not only was I attracted to Kittiwake as a young and dynamic company that prioritises product research and development, but also to its product portfolio for marine and offshore applications, which resonates with my background and area of expertise. I’m looking forward to getting out into the marketplace and discussing the potential for these products with customers.”
Despite the challenging financial climate, Kittiwake Developments says it has achieved approaching 7% growth on 2009 and is currently exploring various expansion strategies, with further significant announcements anticipated before the end of 2010.
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